Aside from the fact that the dates are decided by the Moon Sighting Committee, based on the Lunar Islamic Calendar, it is essential that one gets to sit down and really tries to understand what goes on during each day of the Ramadan Timetable. Whether or not it is your first time to participate in Ramadan, its essential that you know what goes on during the dayso you could prepare and would know what youd face!
Hilal The Beginning
Literally known as the Crescent, this is the first day before the first astronomical new moon. It was first established during Pre-Islamic Arabia, because of a seemingly extremely slender moon that appeared up in the skies and was seen by the prophet Muhammad.
The crescent moon is a symbol thats sought by Muslims to let them know when the start of the Ramadan Timetable would bebut they do not worship the moon itself. The moon is also considered an important part of Astronomy because it shows certain dates that needs to be known, especially by religious practitioners.
It is also said in the Quran that both the sun and moon are the signs of Allah, and that respect and faith should be handed to Allah alone for he created them.
Laylat-Al-Qadr Night of Power
Meanwhile, the Night of Power, sometimes called the Night of Decree, is known as the holiest, most important night of the religious year.
This so happens because Muslims have grown up with the belief that it was during this time when Muhammad first received the first verses of the Quran from the great Allah himself at the Hiva Cave. Then, it became one of the odd-numbered nights of the Ramadan Timetableand is even considered as better than a full 1000 days of worship.
Apparently, during the Night of Power, Allah gives supreme, abundant blessings. Ones transgressions could also be forgivenas long as he participates in the eventand decrees and supplications are received by angels who then come to visit the earth.
Eid Al FitrThe End
And finally, there is the celebration called Eid Al Fitrthe ending of the Ramadan Timetable itself.
This event marks the end of Ramadan, and also marks the start of Shawwal, or the following Lunar month. This is declared after the completion of fasting for the whole 30 days of the Ramadan Timetableor when there is no more sighting of the crescent moon, especially because of harsh weather conditions.
Incidentally, Eid Al Fitr is also a reference towards the joyous, exuberant nature of the festivities that happen a month after fasting. It is also the beginning of ones return to a normal lifeone where intimacy, drinks, and food could be taken and done.
By understanding what happens during the Ramadan Timetable, you get to realize that in practicing ones faith, certain things really have to be doneand some have to be given up.
By doing so, life becomes betterand you get to realize the strength of your faith, and why its important, to begin with.
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